She says “I started Play Pieces to find new ways to engage Highland audiences with Highland theatre. I believed we had a lot of talent which wasn’t being seen and I knew that with the right support we could create more, high quality theatre in the Highlands. I wanted to know where the next Highland Theatre company was coming from.
Since then Play Pieces has grown from a small project to a company organising lunchtime theatre seasons, short theatre festivals, site-specific work and participating in national events and tours. We have seen many of the participants from the early years go on to have great successes - Emma Anderson, Phil Baarda, Nicholas Ralph to name a few have gone from strength to strength. We raised confidence in the theatre sector in the Highlands - not only that we can create great work but there is also an audiences for it. We developed a reputation for selling out performances. That’s how good Play Pieces is. We have achieved so much and challenged so many perceptions with limited resources and an abundance of public appreciation. Feedback from audience members has moved me deeply when I hear the impact our events have had on their lives. Theatre is powerful and bringing people together to share that experience is life changing.
I have no doubt that Play Pieces has started a movement to change Highland Theatre making and that movement will keep on growing for many years to come.”
The Play Pieces Board said “Lindsay has, over the last few years, worked tirelessly on Play Pieces, putting huge amounts of time and effort into creating, supporting and running a wide range of activities. We all thank her for her energy and enthusiasm. We look forward to see what she does next.”
Lindsay, who recently was selected for the prestigious Clore Fellowship, has now been selected by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to undertake some work looking specifically at rural theatre production.
Play Pieces completes it’s run of fully booked ‘Drama Queens’ workshops, in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library next month and finishes the year with playwriting workshops as part of Book Week Scotland in Ullapool and Dingwall.
Full details for future events can be found online at www.playpieces.co.uk or www.facebook.com/playpieces/